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FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids: Preview and prediction

FC Dallas hopes to get closer to a top three spot in the West.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas hopes to get closer to a top three spot this weekend as they travel for the last time in the regular season. Up next is Oscar Pareja's first trip back to the Mile High City as FCD battles the Colorado Rapids.

Colorado is currently on a 12-game winless streak, including a 2-1 loss last weekend at Chivas USA.

FC Dallas Notes:

Injury report:

Out: George John (knee), Hendry Thomas (ACL tear),

Questionable (but not on the official report): Mauro Diaz (hamstring)

Points earned. According to the club's game notes, with 51 points earned this season, FC Dallas has already equaled the third‐highest point total in franchise history. The 1999 team also achieved 51 points on the year. The highest point total in club history is 52, which occurred twice: 2011 and 2006. FC Dallas can surpass that with a win in one of their next two matches.

Goals goal goals. FC Dallas (54) is two goals away from eclipsing the franchise record for goals in a season (55 in 1997).

Homegrown minutes. Dallas' Homegrown players have logged a league high 4,317 minutes or 14% of the team's total minutes this season (57GP, 47GS). Danny Garcia (282 MP), Moises Hernandez (1116 MP), Victor Ulloa (2,185 MP) and Kellyn Acosta (734 MP) have played more minutes than any other group of Homegrown players in MLS.

Consecutive starts. FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja has only started the same group in back‐to‐back games twice this season (4/12 & 5/31). Once this season (5/4), Pareja was forced to make five changes to the lineup (the most so far this season). Including U.S. Open Cup matches (4) Zach Loyd (27) and Victor Ulloa (24) have started consecutive matches (minimum of 10).

Quick Notes:

REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. SAR (bench): Frank Anderson; JAR (opposite): Bill Dittmar; 4th: Daniel Radford
MLS Career: 118 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 19; pens: 19

SUSPENDED: DAL: Moises Hernandez (through Oct. 19)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: COL: Nick LaBrocca ... DAL: Je-Vaughn Watson
FINED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: COL: Carlos Alvarez, Marc Burch, Thomas Piermayr, Jose Mari ... DAL:
Fabian Castillo, Matt Hedges, Blas Perez, Adam Moffat, Michel, Victor Ulloa
DISABLED LIST: DAL: Hendry Thomas (season-ending injury)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (61 meetings): Rapids 20 wins (1 shootout), 76 goals ... FC Dallas 30 wins (2 shootout), 102 goals ...Ties 11
AT COLORADO (29 meetings): Rapids 14 wins (0 shootout), 43 goals ... FC Dallas 8 wins (0 shootout), 40 goals ...
Ties 7

Coaches record: Pablo Mastroeni v DAL: P2 W0 L2 D0 ... Oscar Pareja vs. COL: P2 W2 L0 D0

Prediction:

We all know how important this match is to the season for FC Dallas. Last week was all about getting into the playoffs and this weekend is going to be all about getting the best position available. Colorado will come into this game riding a lot of emotions given how this is Pareja's first visit back this year. That and the 12-game winless streak and their home finale, the Rapids have a lot to bring to this match.

But where they fall short is dealing with FC Dallas' speed on the outside. I think Colorado will get one early but this team will battle back and pull this result out. Castillo and Blas Perez are too much for them to handle in 90 minutes of action.

FC Dallas 2, Colorado 1

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